These photos were taken more than 20 years apart. Proof that life truly does begin at 40.

These photos were taken more than 20 years apart. Proof that life truly does begin at 40.



a: one having authority over another: ruler, governor

b: one that conquers 

If you follow me on Instagram, you've seen this image before. And if you don't follow me, go ahead, I'll wait. But seriously, welcome. This blog is many years in the making...as am I. I spent the majority of my life being obese and overweight. At my heaviest (see above) I tipped the scales at 235. That was Mike Tyson's fighting weight, FYI. My journey to fitness was just that - a journey. And it continues to be. The Cliff's Notes reads like this: heavy all my life. Up and down dieting. Lost same 30-40 pounds more times than I could count. Hated exercise. Loved food. Married someone who loved me as I was. But never loved myself. Became a mom. Divorced. Realized I needed to get in shape to date and be a role model for my son. Started walking in the mornings with a friend. Then running. Then joined a gym. Lost 20-25 pounds over 1-2 years. But I needed a push.

Enter CrossFit. I started doing CrossFit almost four years ago. But because I have two herniated discs in my back I was very wary. How could I possibly lift heavy weight? Well I can and do. Now I'm strong AF and I love my body. But while looking good is nice, I do it for how it makes me feel. I don't want to be skinny and I never will be. I want to be healthy. I want to be fit. 

CrossFit calls its athlete community over 40, Masters. I find this highly ironic as the older I get, the more I realize you can't master anything. Nor do you want to. Mastery is an end result and to me the fun is learning. The fun is never getting there. Always wanting more. That is passion. Finding something you know you can never truly master. Something you want to keep doing because there is always more. Another gear. Another benchmark. Another whatever.

The person I was three years ago, 13 years ago and even 23 years ago wasn't really learning. She was existing. The CrossFit community and this lifestyle have truly changed my life. My body. My health. My mind. My relationships. It's more than a workout. It's a way of life. It's utter appreciation and astonishment for what my body is capable of at 45 years old. I'm in the best shape of my life and I know it's just the tip of the iceberg. The things I do amaze even me. And I want to inspire others to do the same. Because I know what potential we have. And I know we don't believe it. But once you tap into it, I know you will be forever changed. And that is a promise.